The Chicago Bulls (3-19) head to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to clash against the Indiana Pacers (13-11). The Bulls are 9.5-point underdogs and will try to snap their nine-game losing streak. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 209 points and it can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Odds
In their last matchup, the Pacers had no trouble getting past the New York Knicks, 115-97, while the Bulls were blown out by the Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-91.
Indiana dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a superb effective field goal percentage of 0.599 (above their season average of 0.535) and a free throw rate of 0.140 (below their season average of 0.180). For those same stats, New York was 0.473 and 0.121, respectively. Chicago, on the other hand, held Cleveland to an offensive rebounding percentage of 13.2 (below their season average of 20.8). Indiana rallied around Darren Collison, who finished with 10 points and 10 assists. Justin Holiday fueled Chicago with 14 points and six rebounds.
Indiana appears to have the edge on the offensive side of the ball. The Pacers rank sixth in offensive efficiency, while Chicago ranks 29th in defensive efficiency. Also, the Bulls, who rank 30th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.141), could have a difficult time getting to the line against the Pacers, who rank first in opponents’ FTA rate (0.151).
Of the Bulls’ 22 games, 13 have finished under the total. Chicago holds records of 3-19 straight up (SU) and 8-11-3 against the spread (ATS).
Contrary to Chicago, a little over half of Pacers games have finished over the projected point total. Additionally, Indiana owns records of 13-11 SU and 15-9 ATS.
In their first matchup this season, Victor Oladipo led the Pacers to a 105-87 win. He was the game’s top overall scorer with 25 points. The two teams combined for 192 points, which was under the projected point total of 201, and Indiana covered as a 3.5-point favorite. Indiana was lights out from beyond the arc (12-29; 41.4 percent). Chicago, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (11.0 vs. 16.8).
Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers Betting Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Pacers, ATS Winner – Bulls, O/U – Under
The Pacers rank 16th in rebounds allowed per game (43.4) while the Bulls rank 27th (46.5).
Indiana ranks fifth in points off turnovers per game (19.3) while Chicago ranks 29th (13.3).
The Pacers rank sixth in assists per game (23.4) while the Bulls rank 25th in assists allowed per game (24.7).
Chicago ranks third in second chance points allowed per game (10.3) while Indiana ranks 21st (13.3).
Chicago ranks 12th in points allowed in the paint per game (42.9) while Indiana ranks 28th (49.4).
The Pacers rank third in fast break points per game (15.2) while the Bulls rank 25th (8.5).
The Bulls rank seventh in three pointers attempted per game (31.8) while the Pacers rank 23rd in three pointers allowed per game (30.5).
Chicago ranks fifth in blocks allowed per game (4.2) while Indiana ranks 26th (5.6).
When holding opponents below 100 points, Chicago is 2-4 and Indiana is 6-0.
The Bulls are 2-6 when they reach 100 points, while the Pacers are 12-5.
Chicago is 5-6-1 ATS on the road, while Indiana is 7-4 ATS at home.
The total has gone over in 7 of the Bulls’ 12 road games, while 6 of the Pacers’ 11 home games have gone under.
The Pacers are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Bulls are 2-2-1.
In their last five games, Indiana has 3 overs, 1 under and 1 push, while Chicago has 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Pacers have been outscored by an average of 1.2 points in their last five games. For the season, Indiana has defeated opponents by an average of 1.0 point.
During their last five games, the Bulls have scored an average of 99.8 points per game (4.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 107.0 points per game (0.2 below their season average).
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